Field Day 2014
Location: Washington Monument State Park (Middletown, Maryland)
June 28-29, 2014
The crew: 2014 attendees left to right: N2AW, W3MIT, AG6DF, K3MZ, KN3U, W4TG, WA3PYU, AJ1DM, N3IC, WA3KLK, WA3IRQ, Logan; Not shown: W3CID, KI3C, WA3LTJ, KB3UNL, KG4URX, Nikolai, KI4LGI, KG4NXZ, Emily.
Setting Up, POWER
Watch the Big Brother video to see the shelter setup. Field Day wouldn't be Field Day without the generator.
Al was our power guru: he brought the quietest generator we've barely heard and two battery / charging systems. On top of the left shot is the master networked N1MM logging laptop.
The phone and VHF/UHF stations, sans operators.
This shot best shows the whole shelter arrangement: at left is the cw (front) and phone (rear) main stations; at right is the GOTA station; and in the foreground is the VHF/UHF station. Food supplies at the shelter's rear adjacent to the fireplace.
Set the tents up in the daylight to prepare for the coming night: Drew supevises Robert who is supervising the battery pump inflating the air mattress; Bob; and Eli.
Two views of the 20 meter yagi beam atop Frank's "Ladder" tower.
The triband beam atop Frank's "Rocket Launcher".
The 40 meter dipole down in the field (not shown: the 80 meter vee and 40 meter moxon).
Paul on cw, Mike on phone (eyes closed assists in cutting through QRM), John on GOTA.
Bob on cw, John on phone; Al coaches Nikolai on GOTA.
Enjoying a great weekend
Packing up before going home and sleeping
Alas, MDC section manager Jim Cross WI3N made it to the gate of the park -- but it was after the park closed and they didn't know about the back entrance! Sorry, Jim. We'll look forward to better communications next year.
We went with two transmitters. QSO breakdown:
80 phone - 237
QSO's: 1082 cw x 2 =
2164 + 1771 phone = 3935 x 2 = 7870
Some additional aggravations this year! I pulled the N1MM file from the Master laptop (plus the GOTA one) and not the individual phone and cw machines. The first phone station laptop crashed -- plus somehow it had not transferred its data to the Master laptop -- and wouldn't even reboot to reclaim the log! Frank pulled the drive and extracted the file; I merged the files to retrieve Drew's starting 56 QSO's. After all the scoring and spreadsheets were completed, I looked at the QSO rate histogram and noticed that there was only one contact in hour 7 on phone. Frank said that there wasn't that long of a gap switching in the replacement phone laptop. So he sent me the file from that computer. Another three hours of conversion, inspection, and merging files gave us 36 more phone QSO's -- had to redo all of the spreadsheet data. Note for next year: we must verify that the Master is communicating properly with both phone and cw machines before the contest starts. And resync the Master to them before copying the data.
Tracking results from N1MM:
QSO Point Operator Stats
Look at the Operators worksheet in the
Logs & Analysis spreadsheet for breakdowns by band, mode, operator, bonus point allocation, pie charts, QSO rates, and more
(operator rankings including bonus points differ slightly). The year-to-year comparison worksheet is updated.
--- Results from December 2014 QST ---
This was our fifth highest cw score ever; our sixth highest phone score ever; our fifth highest in overall QSO points. See the RARC Home Page and the year-to-year worksheet in the spreadsheet for comparisons.
We scored fifth out of 392 (99 percentile) in the 2A category. We had the highest score in the Atlantic Division (DEL, MDC, EPA, WPA, NNY, WNY, SNJ).
(The overall 2A high score was 14,018 -- ours was 9,640)
Here are the 2014 FD Weblog notes. You can open them in the main browser window by clicking this.
(Photos by Logan, AJ1DM, WA3IRQ, WA3KLK. Designed to be viewable in 1024 width resolution)